President & CEO's Message
Last spring, BFI was selected through a competitive process by the Michigan Economic Developers Association (MEDA) Advocacy Committee for a Pilot Program to develop a communications workplan with outside firm, Public Sector Consultants. This project focused on creating a plan for an economic development organization that was small in staff (as BFI is) and could be replicated in other communities within Michigan. Throughout 2019, we surveyed community stakeholders to gain insight, worked to implement the workplan, and then surveyed community stakeholders again to collect information regarding the opinion of economic development in our community.

MEDA has invited our team to present the findings of this report at their Capitol Day, Wednesday, March 18, 2020 . Information is contained in the flyer below. If you are interested and available, or for more information, please visit . We’d be honored to have your support that day as we present the findings! Presentation description is below:

"9 Tips for Improving Perceptions of Economic Development in Your Community
MEDA’s Advocacy Committee found, after a series of focus groups, that Michigan’s economic developers have a great need for strategies that help to create awareness for, and increase the perception of, economic development. Enter MEDA’s Pilot Program. With guidance from Public Sector Consultants, MEDA, and in consideration of their current strategies, this small-staffed EDO moved the needle in a positive direction and you can take notes on what they did!"

We're looking forward to sharing the final report with you following the presentation in a few weeks!

Happy Reading,

-Trevor Keyes, EDFP
President & CEO
Bay Future, Inc.
Featured Content
Wilkinson to Invest $50 Million in Bay City
Last month at the State of the Community Luncheon hosted by Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, Bay City Manager Dana Muscott announced the investment of Wilkinson Minerals in Bay City.

The company, that extracts brine to create salt products, plans to build a new facility and investment over $50 million. They have purchased land at 101 Picard Street along the Bay City riverfront and have plans to develop a workforce of at least 50 individuals.

"City staff in collaboration with Bay Future has been working on this project for nearly a year and we are pleased to see that it has come to fruition by the dedicated commitment of not only our Economic Development staff but all of the departments involved", said City Manager Dana Muscott.  
Click here to view press release.
Campaign Corner
Bay Future: Drive. Forward. is a comprehensive plan to drive Bay County Forward over the next five years.

Just How Much Will We Benefit? 

What will 800 new jobs at $21.12 an hour and $500 million in new capital investment do over the next five years? The following table shows what it will mean to Bay County, the City of Bay City, and the county's municipalities...
Featured Event
101 E. Main Street - Ribbon Cutting

Please join Shaheen Development, the City of Bay City, the MEDC and local area legislators for a ribbon cutting and tour of the new mixed use building at 101 E. Main Street located in the award winning Uptown Bay City development.

Friday March 13, 2020
11:00 AM
101 E. Main Street
Bay City, MI 48708

101 E. Main Street features four professional medical offices with 30 new 1 & 2 bedroom apartments.
Investor Spotlight
Spicer Group

Spicer Group, Inc. provides Stronger, Safer, and Smarter solutions in the professional engineering, surveying and community planning markets. We have a dynamic list of clients including, local, county, state and federal governments, municipalities, private organizations, educational institutions, and industrial entities.
Thank you to Spicer Group for your support and partnership of Economic Development Activities in Bay County!
Congratulations Don Scherzer, Executive Vice President, on celebrating 40 years at Spicer Group! We are thankful to have you as our Board of Directors Chairperson Elect!

Program Highlight
Economic Gardening
Featured Property
Port Fisher Terminal

Port Fisher Terminals is a multi-modal port, offering vessel, rail, and truck transportation. Railroad service to the port is supported by Lakes States Railroad, and Interchanges with CSX, Canadian National (CN) and Norfolk Southern (NS). The port’s access is supported and serviced by Class A roads, connecting to I-75, US-23 and US-10.

Click here to learn more about the site or visit